ALONG with the development of tourism in a new era that is moving towards quality and sustainability, tourism villages have an important role in generating tourism and the creative economy in Indonesia.

This is because there is a lot of potential that can be developed from a village, based on the character and potential of each. Currently, Indonesia has hundreds of tourism villages. There are even some who have gone global, so visiting a tourist village is not only a new experience but also very exciting.

One of the efforts is to activate ecotourism activities through the growth of tourism villages in the archipelago. Through tourism village-based ecotourism, together with the community seeks to find a balance of economic benefits and the preservation of natural culture around the village.

Here are some tourism villages that you can stop by while in Bali, Nusa Tenggara Barat (NTB) and Nusa Tenggara Timur (NTT):

Penglipuran Village, Bali
Bali is known as a natural tourist destination with a strong cultural nuance. If you want to get a different Balinese charm, try visiting Penglipuran Village. The atmosphere is cool and very beautiful, making this village crowned as one of the cleanest villages in the world.

Sasak Sade Village, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB)
Thatched roofs and bamboo walls are the hallmark of Sasak Sade Village, Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara. Here we can enjoy cultural attractions, from dance to the unique concept of the house. It should not be missed either, to see firsthand the process of weaving Lombok’s typical Sasak woven fabric.

Liang Ndara Tourism Village, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT)
Flores is not only known for its charming nature but also for its rich culture, one of which is dance. This tourism village is the only place for tourists who want to see Caci Dance. In addition, the weaving culture from generation to generation is still maintained through the colorful flores weaving made by the women of Liang Ndara Village.

Even though we are in a friendly tourist village with open air, we must remain disciplined in complying with health protocols by using masks, maintaining distance, and washing hands so that we remain safe and comfortable when traveling

To Know Typical Products in Tourism Villages
The attraction of a tourist village is not only about the unpretentious rural atmosphere, coupled with its natural panorama. Each tourist village also has potential in the realm of the creative economy through its distinctive products. Starting from culinary products to handicrafts, which can be used as gifts for loved ones.

The development of tourist villages is expected to be a driving force for the recovery of the tourism sector and the creative economy. Which is expected to be able to touch people throughout the archipelago, is the development of tourist villages and to become independent tourist villages.

In order to get to know the creative economy products that can be obtained from a visit to a tourist village, let’s look at the following reviews:

Traditional cloth or wastra is one of Indonesia’s wealth which can also be found in tourist villages. When visiting Lumban Bulbul Tourism Village in Toba, North Sumatra Province, it is advisable not to miss hunting for the charming and elegant Toba ulos.

The culinary thing in Indonesia is an adventure that will never end. When visiting an area, we are sure to be treated to a variety of food and drink menus. For example, when visiting the Penglipuran Tourism Village in Bangli, Bali Province, try its special culinary delights, namely loloh cemcem and sueg. Guaranteed you will be lulled by its distinctive taste.

The uniqueness in each region is not only limited to literature and culinary arts, handicrafts are also a product of the creative economy that is appropriate to be used as souvenirs. If you want something different, try visiting the Karangrejo Tourism Village in Magelang, Central Java Province, to hunt for stone carving crafts typical of the Borobudur area. The exoticism of this product will make anyone amazed when they see it.

But there are things that must be considered when buying creative economy products in tourist villages, namely never to ignore health protocols. Starting from wearing masks, maintaining distance, and washing hands with soap. []